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WHERE LEADERS

ARE MADE
MEETING ROLES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES
The Successful Club Series
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WHERE LEADERS
ARE MADE
The Successful Club Series
MEETING ROLES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES
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THE SUCCESSFUL CLUB SERIES
Toastmasters Internationals The Successful Club Series is a set of presentations addressing the subject
of quality club meetings. Members will learn about the skills and standards they must strive to
achieve for their club to be successful.
Most presentations in The Successful Club Series may be offered by any club member and require
10 to 15 minutes to present.
CONDUCTING THE PROGRAM
Meeting Roles and Responsibilities provides an overview of club meeting roles and identifies
the ways that Toastmasters can influence and enhance the quality of club meetings. This product
consists of four parts:
Definition and explanation of the presentation
Guidelines for your introduction to the audience
Outline for the development of your speech
CD of a PowerPoint presentation to be viewed along with your speech
In Your Own Words
The outline is not a script and should not be read word-for-word. Instead, use the
document as a guide for presenting the material in your own words and with your
own narrative style. The outline is a structure on which to build your presentation.
Use the points of the outline to develop your speech, but be the author of your
own oration.
Here are some tips on using this outline to develop and deliver your presentation:
Study the outline in this manual carefully. Familiarize yourself with the general structure.
Preparation is the key to a successful presentation.
Use the outline to build your own speech using your own words. Prepare a set of notes
indicating where you wish to pause, gesture, or add special verbal emphasis. Highlight key
words or sentences to help you present the material most effectively.
When delivering your speech, be expressive. Use all of the presentation skills you have learned
as a Toastmaster, including vocal variety and gestures.
USING VISUAL AIDS EFFECTIVELY
Visual aids add interest to any presentation and help your audience retain information. You are
encouraged to use them. If you plan to use the PowerPoint slides for this presentation as visual aids,
you will need a data projector, a laptop computer, a table to support them, and a screen for view-
ing. In the outline, there are indi cations for placement of the PowerPoint slides. Each is numbered.
For example, V 1 refers to the first visual.
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Please note that the first slide in the PowerPoint show is a title slide and is not included in this
numbering system.
If you cannot arrange for projection equipment but still would like to use visuals, you may copy
the material on the visuals onto a flipchart. Do this before the presentation. Use a heavy marking
pen that does not seep through the paper, and write on every third or fourth page so succeeding
visuals will not show through. Also, make your letters large and heavy with plenty of space
between them.
Follow these tips when using visual aids:
Set them up and test them before the meeting begins. Place them so they are easily visible
to listeners. Place your projector so it projects a large, high, undistorted image on the screen.
Focus the image.
Bring spare equipment, including a projector bulb, extension cord, extra marking pens, etc.
Display your visuals only when they are needed. If you are using a flipchart, flip the page back
out of view when you are finished with it.
Remember not to stand between the screen or flipchart and your audience or you will block
their view.
Maintain eye contact with your listeners. Do not talk to the screen or flipchart. If you must turn
your back to point out something, pause as you point it out, and then resume speaking only
after you are once again facing your audience.
EVALUATION AND ADVANCED AWARDS
Because this is an outlined presentation, for presenting it you will not receive credit toward com-
pleting a manual speech project, but you may receive credit toward your Advanced Leader Bronze
(ALB) or Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) award. Ask your vice president education to assign an
evaluator for your presentation.
Conducting any two presentations from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership
Excellence Series is one component of qualification for ALB recognition. Conducting any two presen-
tations from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series is one component of qualifi-
cation for ACS recognition. For further details, please view the Toastmasters International website:
www.toastmasters.org/membereducation.
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MEETING ROLES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES
Introducing The Presenter
TIPS FOR THE PRESENTER: WRITE YOUR INTRODUCTION
All prepared speeches in Toastmasters require an introduction. A proper introduction of you and
your speech is important to the success of your presentation. Use the following as a guide in writing
your introduction:
Include the purpose of The Successful Club Series.
Explain why Meeting Roles and Responsibilities is important for a Toastmasters club, stating
the purpose and one or more objectives of your presentation.
Incorporate some background about yourself.
Read When Youre the Introducer (Item 1167E) for further details on giving a proper
introduction.
Give your finished introduction to the person who will be introducing you.
TIPS FOR THE INTRODUCER
Ask the presenter any clarifying questions.
Rehearse the introduction.
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MEETING ROLES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES
Presenter:
This presentation provides only an overview of meeting roles and responsibilities.
You may wish to supplement your presentation with information from A Toast-
master Wears Many Hats (Item 1167D) and Master Your Meetings (Item 1312).
Outline
INTRODUCTION:
Toastmasters who take on specific meeting roles to start the meeting, keep it running, maintain
momentum, and conclude on time are fundamental to a meetings success. All of the participants,
regardless of their role, must work together to present entertaining, dynamic meetings.
Presenter:
Ask audience members to comment on some of the roles and responsibilities of
selected meeting participants.
ASSIGNED MEETING ROLES
Every meeting needs a full roster of participants to ensure the meeting proceeds smoothly. This
roster includes:
The Toastmaster
Reviews the agenda
Talks with meeting participants to create interesting introductions
The Topicsmaster
Ensures every member at a meeting has an opportunity to participate
Checks the meeting agenda to give priority to those without assigned roles
Invites guests to participate in Table Topics. If they agree, the Topicsmaster ensures they
have an opportunity to speak.
Speakers
Dedicate time and energy planning and practicing manual speeches
V1
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The general evaluator oversees and coordinates the evaluation segments of club meetings:
Introducing speech evaluators
Calling for reports from the timer
Ah-Counter and grammarian
Evaluating the meeting itself.
Speech evaluators help speakers by providing evaluations through:
The speakers manual evaluation form
Verbally reviewing the speakers strengths and areas for improvement
The timer helps speakers learn to convey their message within a specific time limit.
The grammarian and Ah-Counter help speakers and other meeting participants to be aware
of and polish their language usage.
Some clubs feature additional meeting roles to provide more varied participation opportunities
such as:
Presenter:
If your club has additional roles not mentioned here, mention them now and
provide a brief description of duties.
Presenter of Invocation
Jokemaster
Vote Counter
Parliamentarian
CLUB OFFICERS MEETING ROLES
Club officers contributions to meetings are not always as obvious as the meeting participants, but
the officers support is just as vital to a club meetings success.
Sergeant at Arms
Confirms meeting location
Arranges room and equipment
Greets attendees
Returns the room to its original state
President
Provides leadership and sets the meetings mood
Prior to the meeting, consults with other officers about the meeting agenda
Opens and closes the meeting, introduces the Toastmaster and makes announcements
V2
V3
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Vice President Education (VPE)
Plans each meeting
Schedules meeting assignments
Charts members accomplishments
Addresses members needs and guests questions after a meeting
Vice President Public Relations (VPPR)
Generates publicity to attract guests
Greets guests and answers their questions
Prepares and distributes a newsletter and maintains a website
Vice President Membership (VPM)
Brings new members to the club
Reports on membership-building activities
Coordinates induction ceremonies for new members
Greets guests and answers their questions
Secretary
Keeps meeting minutes
Circulates an attendance sheet
Treasurer
Transacts and reports on all financial matters
Collects dues
Issues checks to World Headquarters for supply orders
Presents financial reports as required
CONCLUSION
Teamwork is essential to the success of a Toastmasters club and to its members. When members
understand their responsibilities and strive for individual and team excellence everyone benefits.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
Henry Ford, American industrialist;
pioneer of the assembly-line production method
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Evaluation Guide
Evaluators Name _____________________________________________________________
Presentation Title ___________________________________ Date _____________________
How effective was the speakers introduction in helping the audience understand the purpose
of The Successful Club Series and the presentation itself?
Was the presenter adequately prepared? How heavily did the presenter rely on notes?
How did the speaker use vocal variety to enhance this presentation?
What other techniques did the speaker use to personalize and augment the presentation?
Were they effective? How?
Did the speaker display the visuals smoothly and at the appropriate times? How could the
speaker improve?
What aspect of the speakers presentation style did you find unique? Why?
Did the speaker present the material clearly and simply so audience members could easily use
the information to improve their own skills?
What could the speaker have done differently to make the presentation more effective?
What did you like about the presentation?
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